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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media; 3 edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162654994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626549944
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 1998
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Honestly I bought the book out of pure intuition. I didn't know what to expect except for a very interesting index. It was a wonderful surprise. Leading a meditation workshop based on western calligraphy technique, I had a keen personal interest on reading this book. Extraordinary in its coverage of background, theory, examples and exercises, it sure is an excellent addition to any artist or person interested in finding a creative and trascendental outlet for his creativity. Although a little technical knowledge goes a long way here, it is also easy for beginners to start. Recommended whole-heartedly.
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Filled with good eastern script references. Detailed images with good depictions of brush strokes. Useful historic background information to each script.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
a wonderful tour of Oriental calligraphy 7 Aug. 2000
By Mayer Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sacred Calligraphy of the East takes you through the scripts used in the sacred writings of religions and nations of East Asia. If the book would have just been a wide collection of calligraphic examples, this would have been a good enough reason to get the book. But the book is more than this: It actually teaches you to draw these characters. It's a wonderful book.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent compilation of techniques and images 26 Mar. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Honestly I bought the book out of pure intuition. I didn't know what to expect except for a very interesting index. It was a wonderful surprise. Leading a meditation workshop based on western calligraphy technique, I had a keen personal interest on reading this book. Extraordinary in its coverage of background, theory, examples and exercises, it sure is an excellent addition to any artist or person interested in finding a creative and trascendental outlet for his creativity. Although a little technical knowledge goes a long way here, it is also easy for beginners to start. Recommended whole-heartedly.
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An excellent reference to sacred oriental calligraphy 9 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Two years ago, at a Zen retreat, I needed something to relax my mind. The priest who headed the retreat had, at his house, an assortment of books from which to choose. I didn't want something cerebral. I fingered his library and came upon John Steven's "Sacred Calligraphy of the East." It was perfect! It offered pictures from which I was able to relax and study the historical progress of Eastern calligraphic forms. Since then, I have bought the book for myself and I continually refer to it when in need. That may seem rather odd: I don't really know why the book relaxes me and gives me solice, but I am quite grateful to John Stevens for his contribution to the art and to my life.
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brilliant survey of calligraphic history 6 July 2001
By Brian Watson - Published on Amazon.com
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What I like best about the book is the way in which it traces the historical development of calligraphy. The author's Japan bias matches my own (I got into calligraphy in Japan) and so I didn't particularly mind the heavy Japan slant. What I found frustrating was the lack of a pronunciation guide, especially for the Sanskrit. Given the diacritics in use, I would have liked to have known how to pronounce the dotted consonants, etc. It would be nice to learn more about Khmer and Thai calligraphy also, but I turn to other books...
Beauty of eastern symbols 29 Oct. 2012
By LL - Published on Amazon.com
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I have bought this book out of curiosity for eastern characters and their meaning. This book not only shows you their meaning it also lets you peek into their art of writing. Very interesting book for those interested in eastern religious symbols or calligraphy in general. It is beautifully made.
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